The Sleeping hit the studio in February 2006 with Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner at Applehead Studios (Coheed and Cambria, Straylight Run) to record their Victory debut, Questions and Answers. These new songs are packed with undeniable hooks and contemporary textures, but their sonic landscapes are a lot like atmospheric and progressive bands from the 90’s like Incubus and At The Drive In. Doug Robinson, vocalist, said, “Our influences are really, really all over the place. We listen to everything from Nine Inch Nails to The Police to The Mars Volta, somehow we were able to take four diverse musical opinions and craft them into one interconnected album.” From breakdowns to bongos, Questions And Answers forges its own path and has a lot of depth that is often neglected by many fledgling bands.
Lyrically, Questions And Answers touches on some very heavy-handed issues such as dealing with the untimely death of a friend, failed relationships, and lost love. Doug said, “This record released a lot of demons in all of us, but at the same time, it definitely fueled some sort of a fire within us. It’s hard to be satisfied when things get taken away from people so unexpectedly.” Questions And Answers is an undeniably moody record and was titled as such to remind the listeners to question themselves and their surrounding environment.